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Athletes and Olympians Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead

21 January  8 April 2012

Athletes and Olympians Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead

Athletes and Olympians Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead

To coincide with the 2012 Olympic and paralympic games, a brand new exhibition that brings together a whole host great British sporting stars will be on display next year at the Shipley Art Gallery.

Athletes and Olympians will be drawn from the collection at the National Portrait Gallery and will feature portraits of many famous sportsmen and women, many of whom are winners of medals from previous Olympic and Paralympic games.

Some of the highlights of the exhibition will be photographic portraits of past Olympic champions Seb Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes, as well as the now boxing world champion Amir Khan.

There will also be a digital portrait of the champion swimmer Duncan Goodhew, a series of 24 drawings by famed artist Dryden Goodwin of multi Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, and the renowned video portrait by Sam Taylor-Wood that shows a sleeping David Beckham.

Amy Barker, Curator at the Shipley Art Gallery, says:

“I am thrilled that the Shipley Art Gallery will have the opportunity to display these unique portraits of British sporting champions in a year when the whole of the UK will be celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We are looking forward to working with the National Portrait Gallery to deliver this exhibition and we hope it will attract many new visitors to the Gallery, both local residents and visitors to the North East.

Unique vintage prints of Kitty Godfree, a world top ten tennis player in the 1920s and Cecilia Colledge, a 1930s Olympic figure skater, will also be on display.

Athletes and Olympians will open at the Shipley Art Gallery on 21 January and will be on display until 8 April 2012. For further information, visit



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